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of america, and discover. those stocks did well today. she upgraded the group today and says the banks right now are more than capitalized. the catalysts for the stocks will be march in 2013 when the fed will release the latest results which will -- she expects, approve the bank's plans to return more capital to shareholders and dividend hikes. after which she's expecting bank of america could quadruple its dividend. and will allow some banks to be more execution dependent than market dependent. a bias we always prefer. so she's upgrading these stocks. she's looking for huge returns in some of these. citi and bank of america and discover are the three names she's upgrading today. also taking a positive stance overall on the financial services sector. meredith whitney will be my guest tomorrow. talking about this call where she upgraded the banks today. she is telling clients this right now. my next guest is one of the most well known analysts due to his early warnings on the 2008 financial crisis. you know he is leaving rochdale securities after another unauthorized trade by a colleague put
it and change the tax basis, the treasury has to call on corporate america to change the withholding tables. all of us get taxes withheld. if they're going to change what rate i'm going to be taxed at, they're going to have to change that table. that's not an overnight process. certainly, the treasury can't afford to let that go too long because everybody will be underwithheld. they'll get a big tax bill. there will be a riot among the people if that happens. what i'm watching is the treasury. if they get nervous enough, they'll ask them to change the tax tables. so far it looks like they smell a deal and haven't asked for it yet. you think we're going to get a deal? >> i think they may try to push it to the end. the other thing i'm watching for is the 17th when the president is due to take his family to hawaii. i don't think he wants to be in hawaii without a deal. something is going to come up. >> ron, what about you? >> i thought the resignation of senator jim demint, who was a staunch conservative, which was a surprise departure, tells me the republicans in many ways are throwing in the towe
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think the energy independence in america is a huge theme going forward. there are other themes that are not dependent on the policy, as well. this obesity thing with my generation going into the diabetes year, the diabetes stocks, the handle diabetes, i think it's a very investable theme with long legs. >> steven, let me take it over to you. we had an expiration at the end of the day today. what did you see at the close? >> as you might expect, we saw enormous volume. it didn't move stocks that much. we stayed within the range of the day. 1422 is as clowe as they ever got. you did see some volatility, but nothing like we saw in the overnight futures markets. you saw enormous volume. but things did stabilize. the technology stocks, the financials, those kind of names. and it's been good, like the transports and the utilities are always safe haven. they turned up a little bit, but not so bad. it was a general risk off day, but nothing like the expected coming in. >> and where do you see conviction, steven, when you're watching all the flows and committed buyers out there? where d
us come up with a plan that puts america on a long-term, sound basis. paul ryan did that in the house. that plan is sustainable. it changes the debt course of america. the president has yet to lay out anything like that. >> i'll tell you what really struck me in a moment from that interview, but let me keep on with what you're saying. you have called the secretary's claim of $2 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases an egregious falsehood. he did say $600 billion in cuts is what is being proposed there. he said it's health care. you said he's not even tinkering with medicare. where are these cuts? >> let me respond to that. they cut providers -- again, these are the hospitals and doctors. $600 billion over ten years. that's a reduction in spending. he's not mentioning the fact that he gives away $1.2 trillion of the sequester. that whole savings that we agreed to as part of the budget control act he eliminates. in other words, that's an additional $1.2 trillion in spending over the current agreement that we're operating under today. it's a $1.2 trillion increase. so there's a
on the smartest ways to get them made as quickly as pock. >> and i feel like america knows we need to make the changes. medicare has never been changed since it was first put into place. you know, what do you think it's going to take to actually get things done here? i -- does it surprise you that we don't have a deal yet at this time in the calendar? >> i don't know that it surprises me we don't have a deal yet because the unfortunate truth about washington negotiations is anything hard doesn't tend to happen until the very last moment, and let me be honest about that. that has real economic consequences and costs. it's already harm our economy that we're waiting so long, but what i really think we need to see, and you're right, voters outside of washington understand these issues, but we need real honest discussion with the people people where instead of both side pretending that you can get this without the tough choices and going back to the bases and saying there are things you don't like and instead of the conversation always being us and them, two sides fighting it out instead of th
going to get serious? >> washington remains at odds. >> that is a bad strategy for america. it's a bad strategy for your businesses, and it is not a game that i will play. >> but the fiscal cliff still looms. cnbc has called on lawmakers to rise would have gridlock and reach a deal. now, we're beating down their doors. live from our nation's capital, this is a cnbc special report, "mission critical, rise above d.c." >> well, the stock market riding the ups and doups of the fiscal cliff negotiations. roger altman is former treasury official under president clinton. he says he's optimistic that a deal is coming. the question, of course, is when. joining me from new york is roger altman. always nice to have you on the program. let welcome back. >> hi, how are you? >> you think a chance of getting a deal will increase and harry reid says he's pessimistic that had t will get done before christmas. what do you think? >> the financial markets themselves are becoming more optimistic, and i think that's a strong signal. second, i think the atmospherics, and senator reid's statement is just part
sheet is, but corporate america has great balance sheets. there's a lot going on that's positive, energy, reshoring, businesses coming back. just stay away from the long-term bonds. short-term bonds and alternative strategies >> i know what you're saying and i get that because it's true. the corporate sector is probably the best part of this recovery. 3.6 trillion in cash, lean and mean, corporate america ready to lead once again, but the question is am i going to be able to buy stocks at much lower levels, so are we going to have a 100, an 800, 1,000-point decline if we go over the fiscal cliff? >> that's a great point. >> maria, we're not trading, right? that's always the question in the market. we have to use volatility to pick up positions and add to equity, and this is a long-term gape. we've become so short-term focused. got to stay focused long term and add on volatility. >> one of the things i'll add, we either most confident insecure people in the world and when we know based on our history and based on what we know needs top had a, but we don't know what's going to happen in th
if america shoots itself in the foot, if you will, and goes over this fiscal cliff? >> you know, fiscal cliff is a situation which is very much looked at from the european side because if america goes well, the world goes well, and we hope that this solution will be found, but we're really very much used to last-minute negotiations in our parliamentary governance. maybe the u.s. is not used as much to the last minute, last night, so we're very confident that a solution will be found. >> you think we will get a solution in the 11th hour? >> absolutely. >> that's how america normally does, it i guess. let me ask you. interesting to look around the world and see austerity everywhere you look. we're looking at this subject, whether it's in the united states, in italy, throughout europe. give us your sense of what's going on with the debt situation in italy right now. news today, of course, that the public debt rose above 2 trillion euro for the first time in october. can the government get the debt under control in italy? >> you know, we started to manage our spending review last year when govern
had in the history of the country because if he does, that all of us here, all of us all over america, will be a lot better off. we all win if he wins, so let's understand politics are over. the election is over. it's been decided. he's it. mr. president, i want you to be the very best that's ever sat in the white house, but we now have to come to the issue of when we deal with our structural problem, and we have a very serious structural problem. what is it? >> spending. >> well, we need entitlement reform. take away social security from guys like me. raise my taxes. nothing will change in my life, and i speak for a lot of people i know. i say -- when i say i speak, i'm in the same position as a lot of other people i know. >> are you saying $250,000 group or 1 million group? this is the debate right now. >> no. what i'm saying is do something to not disturb the taxes that people at 250 and under are paying. leave them alone. now they are off the table because the president keeps saying what a horrible thing to force these people to pay higher taxes. there's got to be a creative legis
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, there was some flip-flopping going on. the biggest gainer last year, the biggest dog of the dow. bank of america. doubled in price this year as the bank improved its financial footing. home depot and disney all saw strong earnings. consumers proved resilient in 2012. jpmorgan another of last year's dogs round out the top five with all big double digit percentage increases. if you look at the numbers, bank of america up a whopping 108%. home depot up 46%. now, hewlett-packard, the dow's second biggest loser in 2011 is this year's worst performer ending the year at a ten-year low down about 45%. after its ceo and accounting scandals. intel struggling with the slowdown in pcs. shares down about 15%. and last year's best dow performer mcdonald's posting a double digit loss this year. dupont and caterpillar round out the top five of losses. >> thank you. >>> when we come back, we've got some wild predictions for technology in the new year. how about facebook buying netflix? how about microsoft taking over research in motion? and wait until you hear what experts are saying about apple. >>> and what ar
and water. you have motorcycle clubs passing out water. that's the nice part. that's what makes america great. we could use a little of that in washington, we might get the fiscal cliff resolved. >> great point to make. tom, good to have you on the program. thanks so much. >> nice to be here. >> thomas wilson joins us, the chairman and ceo of allstate. >>> up next, high-end dreams. we'll talk high-end real estate next. >>> later, sticker shock at the hospital. we're going over the fiscal cliff. will that coupled with obamacare kicking in sent your hospital bills through the roof? i'll talk with the head of one of the biggest hospital groups in the city. stay with us. back if a moment. [ male announcer ] this december, remember -- ♪ you can stay in and like something... ♪ [ car alarm deactivates ] ♪ ...or you can get out there with your family and actually like something. ♪ the lexus december to remember sales event is on, offering some of our best values of the year. this is the pursuit of perfection. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to
and we're b bungee jumping. the markets have done well. the fundamentals in corporate america have been way better than the economy. earnings growth and revenue growth in the s&p 500 has dramatically slowed since the second quarter. i think unfortunately one thing people are missing is that the uncertainty today is going to show up in the fundamentals in the first quarter, maybe even the first half of 2013. we still have a lot of issues in europe. andrea merkel has to get elected in the second half of next year. that's going to make it difficult for any pro-growth solutions to appear in europe. i think, frankly, i'm not that confident that the market hasn't already positively priced in a fiscal cliff resolution. i think the first half is like a bungee jump. >> so dan, cut through all of that, right. if we could put aside trying to forecast where the s&p is going to be, where the dow is going to be, regardless of where the markets in general are going to be, i believe you have stock picks for us. name what they are and will they be able to perform regardless of the macro environment? >>
like going outside the united states. i'll let america settle it and figure it out on its own. >> all right. john, what are your clients telling you right now? jeff just said i think it was over the weekend that so many of their customers are clenched right now. that they're just waiting to see what the resolution of the fiscal cliff is that they're holding back on orders. is that the case with some of your clients as well? >> well, i think right now we haven't received the clarity of the election we were hoping for. i think both sides republicans and democrats are basically negotiating behind closed doors. hopefully i think the news over the weekend was a lot better than it had been. moving a little bit. senator corker moving as well. we had better data out of china last week. household net worth increased by $1.7 trillion which was a big number for the fed. it says the bernanke policies are working. in terms of clients what they're doing, obviously there's a lot of clouds on the horizon short-term. but longer term, it's positive. so right now towards the end of the year what we've b
hope we learn it this time. >> the executives at aig, lehman brothers, bank of america, countrywide mortgage had nothing to do with this. this was all the government's fault. >> the government created the conditions where they did what they did, and if the government had kept a stable dollar you never would have needed this currency trading, default swaps and the like, so when you have a bad environment, people try to adjust to it, and the crazy things happen. in the 1970s, ail went from $3 to $40 a barrel and when we conquered the inflation and went back down, and we should do the same thing today. stable dollar, like 60 minutes an hour, thinking that changing minutes in an hour will help stimulate the economy, no. we need stability. >> gentlemen, you have very sufficiently filled eight minutes and i'm sure you could have filled 18 had we given them to you. >> two smart guys with two very different opinions. >> good to see you both. >> thanks. >> see you later. >> thanks for joining us. manpower survey shows businesses will continue to hire in the first quarter of next year with th
for weeks now. new highs today, bank of america and citigroup. transports are near a 52-week high. railroads strong, kansas city southern and delta on fire. that stock is up 20% in the last few weeks and jetblue also doing well on top of that. deal of the week, of course, you know the new york stock exchange. maybe it's the deal of the month. 33.12 and ended a little bit before for that the nyc/i.c.e. deal and of course what we don't know is the name of the new company. let's hope it has nyse in it. >> thanks. we want to slip in on a quick break and get those numbers out for the fourth quarter. house getting set to vote on the proposal. daniels took his state from deficit to surplus his few year in washington. i'll ask him what washington has to do. today morse will making agawa becoming the most popular group and what one member thinks of the i.c.e. negotiation. back in a moment. . >>> welcome back. to hammer out a debt deal, they may want to take a page from indiana's playbook. the state has about $2 billion in cash reserves and an estimated half a billion surplus heading into the new year
should take that money and put it to work. simply because when you look at corporate america, the average company, bill, is generating a 16% to 17% return on equity, record free cash margins and a federal reserve that has the pedal to the metal. what you and i have talked about before repeatedly, $4 in taxes for every dollar in phantom spending cuts. that's fiscal irritation, but the health of corporate america will be what ultimately prevails. >> sounds like david has been reading your book, rick santelli. >> it does. >> big fan of rick. >> this is such a perverse world we live in, okay. let's look as what's happening. down 158 in stocks and that pushed the ten-year yield under 170, okay. >> really. let me get this straight. they can't get a deal on controlling out-of-control debt, so rates go down. i used to trade during graham/rudman and i remember when they couldn't get deficit conversations right, treasuries went down and stocks went down. oh, would i love to get back to that type of reality. >> yeah. but you had a different guy at the federal reserve at the time. >> yeah, a differen
who make a lot of money, her not opposing raising taxes on them. the only people in america who don't think taxes should be raised on the rich are the republicans who work in this building. any time bhth speaker and the republican leader come to the president and say we've got a deal for you. the president's door is always own, and mine is, too. >> the senate is back in session today and a lot of looking backwards, not necessarily looking forwards. certainly not so concise recap of harry reid of where we've been on the negotiations and the lack thereof. spinning going on in washington and not the kind done on an exercise bicycle. eamon. >> not the senate's job to be concise, let alone the senate majority leader. never been known for that. that's not going to change, but what harry reid is saying it's their fault. we already heard from mitch mcconnell, the republican leader, it's their fault, it's the democrats. finger-pointing in washing,ton, but what i heard from speaker bain e. he said we's expecting a new proposal by the president. swu the communication is off on the capitol hill
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